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Back in the USSR

7 days  |  Moscow to St Petersburg  |  from USD $1,899  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Check out two of Russia's most striking cities. Explore the sights of Moscow - Russia's lively capital, before continuing on to rural Pskov for a local banya experience and capping off the adventure in St Pete's, the jewel in Russia's imperial crown.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport in Moscow upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Later tonight our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet the rest of the group and your tour leader. Remainder of the evening at leisure - your tour leader can recommend some local bars and restaurants for you to try out.
Overnight: Moscow

Day 2

First thing this morning we will hop on the Moscow Metro and make our way to legendary Red Square. As the historical, political and social heart of Moscow, this famous square is home to some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Within the Red Square we will find the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing red brick walls of the Kremlin and the glitzy Neo-Russian facade of the GUM shopping mall.

Also in Red Square, housed within a red and black marble building, is Lenin's Mausoleum. If open, we can enter the mausoleum free of charge and pay our respects to the grandfather of Communism whose embalmed body has lain in state here since his death. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore the area. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open until very late!

During our stay in Moscow there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a night at the the famous Moscow Circus (Oct - May), a traditional Cossack Show or a Moscow by Night coach tour.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Today we journey back to Red Square via the Moscow Metro to undertake a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and monumental Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or there is the option to join us for a tour inside a Soviet Bunker - book and pay locally.

Heading 65 meters underground, you will be able to explore what was once a Stalinist-era bunker and a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street the heart of Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950s, to protect a select few against a US nuclear attack. Join us on an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum. Later this evening, we will head to the train station for our overnight journey to Pskov.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Pskov - St Petersburg. Early this morning our train will bound in Pskov, one of the oldest towns in Russia and located just 30 kilometres away from the Estonian border. After a stop for breakfast we will continue on to the town's Kremlin, where the long history of Pskov will come alive.

Later a short drive will bring us to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we will explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, head underground for a tour of the burial caves of this fascinating and still-working cloister.

Leaving the monastery behind, its time for a traditional Russian banya (sauna) where we will work up our appetites for a vodka and lunch. Later this afternoon we travel by road to St Petersburg arriving in the late evening.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

This morning, we will embark on a city tour of St Petersburg. Travelling by mini bus we will drive along Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the exterior of magnificent St Isaac's Cathedral and The Bronze Horseman. Later, we will enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage at the Winter Palace - which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth.

During our time in St Petersburg there will be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossack's performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Church on Spilled Blood

Today’s sightseeing includes the beautiful and iconic Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and the SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Peter & Paul Fortress, which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. We’ll also enjoy a tasty traditional Russian lunch and head out of the city to the garden of Peterhof Palace which are famed for their golden statues and fountains (in summer) or Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Seloe (in winter) with its spectacular Amber Room. Our final stop of the day is a visit to the Vodka Museum. Here we enjoy a tour explaining the history of vodka in Russia, followed by a tasting session in the museum bar!
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Friday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check-out.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Izmailovo Gamma Delta , Moscow
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Formerly part of the Olympic Village at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Divided into two wings, Gamma and Delta - thhe Izmailovo Gamma Delta is part of one of the biggest hotels in the world. The rooms are comfortable and with modern amenities and there is also a number of excellent restaurants plus a gym and swimming pool. On arrival to the hotel guests are often welcomed with chocolate and still bottled mineral water. Well located with good access to transport links.

Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The spacious rooms at Hotel Moscow are simply furnished, with modern amenities and en suite facilities. Many of the rooms boast wonderful views of the Neva River and Alexander Nevsky monastery. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there are five restaurants on site to enjoy delicious International and Russian cuisine. While the Panorama Bar on the 8th floor offers tasty beverages and incredible views of St Petersburg's historic centre. The Hotel Moscow is centrally located just off Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Alexander Nevsky Square Metro Station.

Trip Highlights

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral
Pechory - ancient monastery
St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace (visited in winter) or the gardens of Peterhof (visited in summer)
Pskov - ancient town near Estonian border
St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter & Paul Fortress, the Church on Spilled Blood and the Vodka Museum

Included

6 breakfasts and 2 lunches
1 overnight train Moscow to Pskov (open sleeper cabin) including bed linen
Guided sightseeing - Moscow, Pechory and St Petersburg
Moscow Metro travel card - 6 journeys
Escorted by an English speaking Russian tour leader (for groups of 6 or more)
All relevant transfers and transportation
5 nights 3 star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Russian banya (sauna) experience
Guided tour and tasting at the Vodka Museum
Specialist Russian guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Katarina's depth of knowledge is incredible and her friendly approach to the travellers made the tour very enjoyable.

Divya Matthias

Katia is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia.She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on a fantastic tour. She was always friendly and very helpful.

Geoffrey Young

Katya is an excellent guide and ambassador for Russia. She is very knowledgeable and easily approached. Her English is also excellent. She is to be commended on an excellent tour. She was always friendly and very helpful whenever assistance was needed.

Geoffrey Young

As my first group tour I thought this was a wonderful experience. Igor was a great guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and very keen to help in anyway possible. The local guides were also exceptional, very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about their country.

Christine Fleitz

Our guide, Eugeny was sensational in knowing the sights, history and his friendiness on the tour. I have loved my time in Russia. Thanks!

Sonia Culcasi

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Supplementary Prices

 
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4 Berth Sleeper Train Upgrade Moscow - Pskov
USD $169
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Tour Details
Starts
Moscow
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Katarina's depth of knowledge is incredible and her friendly approach to the travellers made the tour very enjoyable.

Divya Matthias
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